VANCOUVER – Kweisi Mfume, former U.S. Congressman and CEO of the NAACP, will take the podium at WSU Vancouver’s fifth Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series. Mfume will touch on some of today’s most pressing topics in his address, “Race, Class and Economic Recovery in Obama’s America.”

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium.

Mfume has become one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals. On his journey through politics and business, Mfume has been a Baltimore city councilman, a five-term U.S. congressman and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). While in congress, Mfume advocated for landmark business and civil rights legislation, including the American’s with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Bill of 1991. Most recently, Mfume served as national surrogate speaker for the “Obama for America” presidential campaign.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $10, call 360-694-2588 or order online at: www.vancouver.wsu.edu/pals

WSU Vancouver student tickets are free. Two tickets per student are available only in the Office of Student Involvement. Students who sign up for tickets will be entered into a drawing to attend a meet-and-greet or dinner with Mfume.

The Annual Public Affairs Lecture Series is sponsored this year by WSU Vancouver‘s Offices of Student Involvement and Academic Affairs, The Foley Institute and by The Columbian.

Fort Vancouver High School is located 5700 East 18th Street, Vancouver, Wash., 98661.